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Skerries RNLI tow fishing vessel to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI towed a fishing vessel to safety yesterday evening (22 September) after it had suffered mechanical failure and lost engine power.

Skerries RNLI bring fishing vessel into Skerries harbour

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI bring fishing vessel into Skerries harbour

Skerries RNLI were tasked after Dublin Coast Guard received a radio call from a 22-metre fishing vessel with 7 men on board that had lost engine power less than half a mile north of Skerries harbour and were adrift.

The volunteer crew in Skerries launched their Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat “Louis .Simson” within minutes of being paged. The struggling fishing vessel was well lit and visible from the shore, so the lifeboat made it’s way quickly alongside.

With the fishing vessel drifting dangerously close to the shore it was decided to establish a tow to bring them into safer water. Once the tow was established the lifeboat proceeded to tow them towards Skerries harbour. A line was passed to the shore and with the assistance of a local razor fishing boat, the vessel was brought safely alongside the harbour.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘This was quite a large vessel for us to take under tow, but the conditions were very fair on the night and the Atlantic 85 was very much up to the job.’

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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning Skerries RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer on 087 988 4965 email gerryjcanning@gmail.com or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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